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The new face of $20 is a religious liberty icon “American Moses” was inspired by her faith to rescue slaves

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Ryan Colby 202-349-7219

WASHINGTON, D.C.– Today the US Treasury announced Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 bill. A former slave herself, Tubman said that her faith had inspired her to save hundreds of fugitive slaves and lead them out of the pre-Civil War South to freedom in Canada. Tubman was a member of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.

“Harriet Tubman was a woman of faith who acted on her beliefs to fight for justice,” said Kristina Arriaga, executive director of Becket. “The courage with which she followed her faith for the sake of so many others is an example to all Americans. She is an icon of religious liberty.”

Becket has represented many women of faith, including the Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns who dedicate their life to serving the elderly poor and whose case is currently before the United States Supreme Court.

For more information or to arrange a follow-up interview with a Becket attorney, please contact Melinda Skea at or 202-349-7224. Interviews can be arranged in English, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. 


Becket is a non-profit, public-interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditionsand has a 100% win-rate before the United StatesSupreme Court.For over 20 years, it has successfully defended clients of all faiths, including  Buddhists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims, Native Americans, Sikhs, and Zoroastrians  (read more).